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Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu claims that "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'.

I'm neither Chinese nor a Philosopher but I agree with him 100%.

Like all new things, it may feel a little weird at first. You may feel a little self conscious, but just go with the flow. After a short time, it will feel more comfortable and actually enjoyable.

TIP: Now you know what the task is, make sure your recording equipment and your timer are both working properly so that you don't have to set anything up later. (Note we also include a video timer on the page.) It's always best with these exercises to have everything ready before you listen to the examples, so you can move on straight afterwards to record your own story.

Here are two examples of name stories:

Now it's your turn:

Did you notice when telling your 'name story' how different it was from the two 'name story' examples? What makes us different is our perspective. We have our own unique truth. That is the first major thing to understand.

A name is just a collection of vowels and consonants, but to each of us it means a plethora of different things. Even from something as simple as your name, you have a story. And two people who have exactly the same name would have different stories.

We are all pretty much the same collection of limbs and internal organs. We all have success and failure, joy and sadness, gain and loss. What makes each of our stories different is how we perceive events and how we tell what we see. One person's loss is another's gain. What is commonplace to one, is extraordinary to another.

Often we don't know how to tell stories because we aren't even aware that they are stories. But if you're living and breathing, you have something to say.